Story last updated at 4/18/2012 - 11:10 am
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program is joining with at least 14 Southeast Alaska communities to host local "Walk For Life" suicide prevention events. All the events will occur on May 12 at 1 p.m., with the exception of the Klukawan/Haines event, which will begin at 8 a.m.
The theme for the Walk For Life events is "Live, Laugh, Love: Let's celebrate life and say 'No!' to suicide." Alaska has one of the highest suicide rates in the country (about double the national average), and the Walk For Life program hopes to help people celebrate life so they don't think about suicide.
The Southeast communities involved this year and their contacts are listed here: Sitka: Rena Wallace (966-8755) and Sheryl McAllister (966-8933); Kake: Scotty Jackson (785-6519); Angoon: Steven Frank (788-4636) and Randy Gamble (957-6386); Klukawan/Haines: Joanne "Elsie" Spud (767-5592); Juneau: Megan Gregory (463-6645); Prince of Wales Island (Klawock, Craig, Kasaan, Thorne Bay, Coffman Cove): Tim Booth (755-2140); Hydabug: Mary Morris (285-3465); Metlakatla: Sandra Wilson (617-3343); Wrangell: Linda Churchill (470-3157 or 874-2673); Ketchikan: Caitlin Stewart (228-9401); Yakutat: Lorena Williams (784-3070); Hoonah: Candy Keown (945-3545); Petersburg: to be announced.